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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Nov 21, 2014 03:29 PM CST

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- My bees have been bundled up for the winter, but they are far from safe. Straw bales and barriers have been put up to help protect them from the prairie winds. I treated this fall for the bloodsucking Varroa mite and took measures to fend off other varmints, such as mice, that might attempt to set up housekeeping in the hive for the winter. The bees have been well nourished this fall, and I will continue to feed special winter supplements.

Still, the future of my hives is far from certain. Their ability to overwinter depends ...

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